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REV. WILFRID PARSONS, S.J. PAPERS

This collection consists of the papers of Joseph Wilfrid Parsons , S.J.(1887-1958), who served as Editor-in-Chief of America Magazine (1925-1936).Father Parsons entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson,Poughkeepsie, New York, where he took his first vows on August 15, 1905. He made his juniorate at St. Andrew (1905-1907), studied Philosophy at the college of St. John Berchman's Louvain, Belgium (1907-1910) and received minor Orders at Mechlin, Belgium (1908). The regency years were spent at Boston College High School (1910-1912 ), Loyola School in New York City(1912-1914), and Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts(1914-1915). After entering Woodstock (1915-1919), where he received Holy orders (May 18, 1919), he was sent in pursuit of graduate studies in theology at Gregorian University in Rome (1919-1921). He served as professor of Fundamental Theology at Woodstock and received his last vows feb. 2, 1923. Parsons was appointed Assistant Editor of America Magazine under Richard H. Tierney, S.J., its third editor. He was shortly afterwards appointed Editor-in-Chief (Feb. 25, 1925) after Father Tierney suffered a massive stroke, a post he held until 1936. From 1936-1940,Father Parsons served as Director of the Riggs Memorial Library and the university Archives of Georgetown University prior to serving as Georgetown Professor of Political Science (1937-1938). He, subsequently, served as Dean of the Georgetown University Graduate School (1938-1940) after which he held Catholic University's Chair of Political Philosophy. Parsons returned to Georgetown University in 1952 where he spent his remaining years as Professor of Political Science and writer/correspondant for America Magazine. For more detailed biographical information concerning Father Parsons, consult the obituary pamphlet authored by John LaFarge,S.J., found in the America Magazine Archives, Box 51, Folder 13.

In total, the Wilfrid Parsons Papers comprise 13 boxes [approx.19.5 linear feet] and contains 14 series. It should be noted that much of this material contains items pertaining to America Magazine and which overlaps that found in the America Magazine Archives.

EXTENT: 13 boxes

SERIES


SERIES: 1. Manuscripts/Typescripts


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series comprised of manuscripts [and typescripts] belonging to WilfridParsons, S.J., who served as Editor of America Magazine (1925-1936).

SERIES: 2. Wilfrid Parsons Diary


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of the diary of Wilfrid Parsons, S.J.

SERIES: 3. Parsons Papers Miscellany


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series is comprised of miscellany belonging to the papers of WilfridParsons, S.J.

SERIES: 4. Writings/Varia


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series constitutes the writings [i.e., varia] of Wilfrid Parsons, S.J.In the folders under this series, one will find correspondence, notes,essays and other written works of a rather general and varied nature.

SERIES: 5. Speeches/Lectures


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of the speeches and lectures of Wilfrid Parsons, S.J.

SERIES: 6. Material re: "The First Freedom"


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of materials pertaining to "The First Freedom," a bookpublished by Wilfrid Parsons, S.J.

SERIES: 7. Material re: Published Works


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to published works of WilfridParsons, S.J.

SERIES: 8. Parsons Family Correspondence


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of correspondence belonging to the family of WilfridParsons, S.J.

SERIES: 9. General Correspondence


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of general correspondence belonging to the papers ofWilfrid Parsons, S.J.

SERIES: 10. General Correspondence/Topic File


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of general correspondence belonging to the WilfridParsons Papers which is arranged alphabetically by topic.

SERIES: 11. Invitations


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series is comprised of letters of invitation [and letters ofresponse] extended to Wilfrid Parsons, S.J., to participate in specifiedfunctions.

SERIES: 12. Keys of the Kingdom Materials


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series is comprised of materials pertaining to Joseph Mankiewicz'sscreenplay "Keys of the Kingdom."

SERIES: 13. Parsons Papers Photographs


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series is comprised of photographs belonging to the Wilfrid ParsonsPapers.

SERIES: 14. Parsons Published Writings


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series is comprised of the published writings of Wilfrid Parsons, S.J.

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